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CKWS – Guitar Building at Kingston Collegiate

Students build guitars at Kingston Collegiate as part of a Limestone District School Board focus program.

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Lee Valley – Guitar Building 101


As they create their own instruments, the students learn the skills required to achieve the highest standard of craftsmanship. They develop their design, create production jigs and templates and build a full-sized model prior to building the actual guitar. “We do everything by hand,” explains Gary. “We don’t buy any of the parts.”

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Guitar Show at Lee Valley Kingston

Guitar Show Schedule:
Thursday: 9am – 9pm (Meet and Greet from 6pm – 8pm)
Friday: 9am – 9pm
Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Sunday: 11am – 3pm

Location: The new RioCan Centre location (616 Gardiners Road)

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Guitar Makers Love Their ‘Babies’

“I think that every year things get better. The quality and craftsmanship gets that much better, the students’ dedication to the project gets that much more better,” Pattenden said during the program’s open house at the school.

“What we see here today is the guitars are of fabulous quality, they set up really well, they play incredibly, they sound wonderful.”

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Coffee house proves music is therapeutic

“Basically for me the music I play is my own coping strategy,” he explains. “To me, I think one of the best things about music in general is it’s really the only thing I’ve ever found that can disconnect you from reality, but at the same time, bring you back to reality. You can get lost in the emotional aspect of playing, playing from your heart, but then all of a sudden do something different and then your brain kicks in.”

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Young guitar maker loves his craft

“I thought I’d take (the guitar-building focus program) for the fun of it, to say that I had built my own guitar,” said Demers. “A week in, I had decided this was what I wanted to do for the rest of my life.”[…]

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Interview with Gary Pattenden

A short film that documents the guitar building program stationed at KCVI and taught by Gary Pattenden, a prominent woodworking teacher in the Kingston area.